Test Overview
Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Toxoplasma gondii is highly problematic when primary infection occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy, often leading to fetal death or when reactivation occurs in immunocompromised patients, leading to life-threatening disease including encephalitis and extracerebral toxoplasmosis. Onset of disease in most patients is preceded by an increase in parasite load measured in peripheral blood specimens using quantitative PCR. Monitoring blood levels of Toxoplasma gondii DNA correlates well with treatment.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code
VTOXB
MiChart Code
Toxoplasma DNA qPCR, Blood
Synonyms
  • VBTOXO
  • Toxoplasma DNA qPCR, Blood
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
Viracor Eurofins 2200
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL). Specimen must be received at Viracor within 96 hours.

Alternate Specimen
Other acceptable specimen types (1/23/12): amniotic fluid, aqueous fluid, BAL, bronch wash, pericardial fluid, pleural fluid, trach asp, trach wash. All ordered as SO
Lavender Top Tube
Normal Volume
5 mL EDTA whole blood
Minimum Volume
4 mL EDTA whole blood
Additional Information

Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

Billing
CPT Code
87799
Fee Code
36128
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